In today’s episode, we talk to Nick Messersmith—a Korean-American adoptee from Iowa and master of Taekwondo. Nick shares about growing up in Iowa and how his parents’ desire to help him retain part of his Korean culture led to a life immersed in martial arts. We learn about his Korean grandmaster, training in Korea, and the impact that Taekwondo has … Read More
In today’s episode, we speak with Dan Matthews, the hip-hop artist known as akaDan and fellow Korean-American Adoptee. Dan elaborates on the story of his reunion with his birth family, making the wildly popular documentary detailing his journey, and how his music evolved after that experience. He also shares his experience attending the IKAA (International Korean Adoptee Association) conference, following … Read More
In today’s episode, we speak with MinJu Park, a non-adopted Korean who is on a similar journey of cultural discovery. MinJu shares about her time at international school, learning four languages and being a Korean outside of Korea. She also talks about the importance of language and culture, how that led to the creation of the @FluentKorean Instagram account, and … Read More
In today’s episode, we speak with Brandon Zegarski, a lover of music and host of his own YouTube show! Brandon talks about his arrival day, growing up in New Jersey, and going back to Korea on the same trip as KJ. He shares about his passion for music and how that has helped him grow as both a Korean, an … Read More
In today’s episode, we chat with SooJin Pate—professor, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) consultant and podcast co-host! SooJin shares her adoption story, growing up in Minnesota and the emotional journey back to Korea to reunite with her birth mother. She also tells us about how her desire to raise an actively anti-racist child led her to start her own podcast: … Read More
In today’s episode, we wrap up the “Meet The Host” series with the final third of the Janchi Boiiisss: K.J. Roelke! We talk about his family, traveling the world at a young age and his passion for music. We also try Soju for the first time—with a surprise guest! Meet K.J. Roelke!(it’s pronounced REL-kee) In this episode we talk about: Intro, … Read More
In today’s episode we speak with Patrick Armstrong, president and co-founder of the All Times Are Local Foundation and one-third of the Janchi Boiiisss! Patrick talks about growing up in the Midwest, his rap career that he later decided he was too good for, volunteering in Houston, TX after Hurricane Harvey and how that inspired him to found his own … Read More
In today’s episode, we speak with Nathan Nowack, a professional photographer and 1/3 of the Janchi Bois! Nathan discusses his life growing up adopted in Tulsa, OK, the journey of finding his biological family, and finding love in Los Angeles with a fellow Asian country music lover. We learn how Nathan got to this point in his life, and what he’s most excited about exploring next.
We also try Kimchi for the first time. It’s pretty great.